Meet the teams
We have teams of industry specialists and experts to ensure all your needs are taken care of.
MENTOR1 FINANCIAL ADVICE - Mentor1 Teams
Liam Diggin
Liam Diggin

CEO AND FOUNDER

Liam is the principal financial planner at MENTOR1. He has been a planner for over 27 years, and had extensive experience creating wealth for his clients and protecting their assets for the future. He is recognised by his peers in the financial sector as a leader in his field and is regularly invited to speak at seminars for both clients and other financial institutions.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Memberships

Liam is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Getting personal

Liam was brought up in the NSW Northern Beaches and enjoys running, being a dad and is ever hopeful of an improvement to his short game.

Leon Phillips
Leon Phillips

Partner & Senior Financial Planner

Leon has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry and is the founder of Pacific Star Financial Planning which was established in 1998. Leon has recently merged his business with MENTOR1 and remains committed to providing his existing and new clients with tailored advice, ensuring peace of mind and financial security.

Qualifications

• Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
• Executive Program – Stanford University Business School

Memberships

Associate Financial Planner with the AFA.

Getting personal

Leon grew up in Ballarat, Victoria. He enjoys running, flying his recreational aircraft and spending time with family.

Libby Hampson
Libby Hampson

Executive Assistant

As Liam’s executive assistant Libby’s strengths are being organised and efficient. She takes pride in dealing promptly with clients correspondence and ensuring everyones needs are met. Libby loves meeting new people and treats everyone like they are part of the family. After running her own business for 10 years she knows, good relationships with clients are everything.

Qualifications

• Business Owner and Founder of Hampsons Homewares

Getting personal

When she’s not being a Mum to her 5 kids, Libby likes to get her Zen on at Yoga and relax down at Fairlight beach on Sydney Harbour.

Dragana Cvijetic
Dragana Cvijetic

Client Services Manager

Dragana has been in the financial services industry since 2014, her technical and administrative abilities ensure all client’ financial needs are met seamlessly and with integrity. Dragana loves to help people and enjoys assisting clients from start to finish of the financial planning process.

Qualifications

• Diploma in Banking and Finance

Getting personal

In her spare time, Dragana loves to spend her time with friends and family, going for long walks and socialising.

Ashleigh Hopkins
Ashleigh Hopkins

Financial Planner

Ashleigh has been in the financial planning industry for 7 years, her ability to ensure that each client she works with receives a tailored advice experience is a matter of priority. Ashleigh enjoys working closely with clients on cashflow, Insurance, personal investments and Superannuation needs.

Qualifications

• Diploma of Financial Planning
• Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning
• Managed Investments
• Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking and Finance
• FASEA

Memberships
Ashleigh is a member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)

Getting personal
In her spare time, Ashleigh enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her partner. Typically over a glass of wine and fine foods.

Tracy Phillips JP
Tracy Phillips JP

Practice Manager

Tracy has been working in the financial services industry for over twenty years. She joined the Mentor1 team in 2020 and as practice manager works on implementing policies, procedures and systems to ensure the smooth running of operations.

Qualifications

• Bach. Fine Art (Photography)
• JP

Getting personal

Tracy enjoys family holidays, pilates and relaxing by the pool or at the beach.

MENTOR1 PROPERTY - Mentor1 Teams
Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy

Partner

Tim has been investing for over 20 years. With a large personal portfolio throughout Australia Tim has not only the academic knowledge of how real estate works but has personally lived and breathed the markets performance day in day over this time.

He has personally purchased over 30 properties, and has transacted in every entity and strategy possible, including past and current subdivisions & developments. Tim has developed insightful tools and a systematic planned approach to real estate that he has showcased by writing and conducting workshops & events throughout Australia.

Qualifications

• Licensed Real Estate Agent
• Diploma in Finance & Mortgage Broking

Memberships

Tim is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Association.

Getting personal

In his spare time, Tim loves to spend his time at his local beach in Freshwater with
his wife and kids and squeezing in the occasional game of golf.

Nick Freeman
Nick Freeman

Acquisitions Manager

Beginning his construction career in 1998 he has extensive experience in all facets of the construction industry. Nick’s expertise is a key component of MENTOR1 PROPERTY’s risk mitigation process. He has been responsible for the design and construction of all types of projects ranging from in-house renovations and additions, granny flat additions, property subdivisions, townhouse precincts and apartment buildings as well as mixed use and commercial projects.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified carpenter
  • Licensed Builder

Getting Personal 

Away from work, apart from chasing a young family, Nick can be found in the ocean surfing or swimming. Nick is also passionate about developing his knowledge further in the real estate and construction sectors.

MENTOR1 ACCOUNTING - Mentor1 Teams
Andrew McCombie
Andrew McCombie

Partner

Andrew is the principal at MENTOR1 ACCOUNTING. He has been in the industry for over 20 years, and had extensive experience working with business owners, forward thinking tax strategies and business planning creating better business outcomes for his clients.

Qualifications

• B Commerce
• Chartered Accountant
• Tax Agent

Memberships

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent.

Getting personal

Andrew has lived in Sydney for over 20 years and was brought up on the Mid North Coast. Family is important to Andrew, spending time with his kids. He enjoys playing soccer with a good group of friends who have been a team for the past 10 years.

MENTOR1 LENDING - Mentor1 Teams
Mark Small
Mark Small

Partner & Mortgage Broker

With over 8 years of experience in the Finance Industry, 20 years Investing in Property & Business, and more than 30 years operating in the Aviation Industry as a Qantas Airline Pilot, Mark Small has a relatively interesting background compared to many other brokers in our network. Mark believes in helping people to achieve their finance goals, and gets them where they need to go – both in location and finance.

Qualifications

• Diploma in Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)
• Certificate 4 Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)
• Boeing 737 Captain

Memberships

Mark is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia. (MFAA)

Getting personal

Mark is married with 2 children. Mark is involved in the Curl Curl Long-boarders surfing club with his 14 year old son.

He loves to surf, travel & really enjoys spending time with the family around the Northern Beaches.

Clare Terrance
Clare Terrance

Mortgage Broker

Clare has been in the finance industry for five years, with experience in both the bank lending and private lending sectors. She is confident in her ability to structure each loan application in a way that will most benefit the customer. Clare is diligent in keeping across bank policies and the legislative changes to the lending industry, and finding the customer a loan solution.

Qualifications

• Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management
• Bachelor of Communications (Public relations)

Memberships

Clare is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and Women in Banking and Finance.

Getting personal

Clare was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney before making the move to the north shore. She is a keen long distance ocean swimmer and loves a run in the park with her two Great Danes.

Steve Ralph
Steve Ralph

Mortgage Broker And Property Planning Specialist

Steve has a passion for property and has worked hard to become a valuable member of the Mentor1 team. Steve works with Mark Small our senior mortgage specialist to ensure our clients get the best loan advice. As well as writing loans Steve and Tim Murphy work cohesively as a team to source and purchase property across Australia.

Qualifications

• Assistant Real Estate Agent
• Certificate IV Finance & Mortgage Broking

Memberships

Steve is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Association.

Getting personal

You will find Steve tearing up the slopes on his snowboard or hacking up golf courses along the Northern beach.

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